Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Cascade County

The West Nile Virus has killed two people in Greece

Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.

Health officials said that doesn't automatically mean there's cause for alarm.

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. "These factors indicate that the risk for human West Nile virus infections is elevated and will likely remain elevated through the remainder of August". Less than one per cent develop more serious central nervous system issues, she said. Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state.

The cases, mostly in the western suburbs of Athens, mark a reappearance of the virus after an outbreak past year when Greek authorities registered 48 cases, resulting in five deaths.

The virus is mosquito borne and humans can become infected if they are bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile. The first mosquitoes to test positive this year for West Nile were found in late May in Glenview and Morton Grove.

Since 1999, when the virus was first detected in CT, cases have cropped up ever year.

In the CDC's most recent update on July 24, the agency stated that 39 people had been infected with the virus, although Iowa health officials said the woman who died was not included in the report.

Experts recommend using insect repellent, avoiding the peak mosquito feeding times of dawn and dusk and wearing loose fitting clothing. Earlier this week, the Montana Department of Livestock confirmed the first reported cases of equine West Nile Virus in Montana of the year.

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